Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the primitives mark women who have not produced a healthy baby during the season?

2. According to a chorus of youths, what is "the chief end of Man"?

3. The Chief figure declares that he is operating under what type of government?

4. What is the first thing to appear in the "Ape and Essence" screenplay?

5. Where did William Tallis prefer to be buried?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Bob Briggs and the narrator initially become interested in "Ape and Essence"?

2. What point does the script narrator make about baboons and knowledge?

3. How do Chief and Dr. Poole clash over books at Pershing Square?

4. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

5. Describe the first moment of commonality shared by Dr. Poole and Loola following the rite practiced by the Satanic Science Practitioner.

6. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

7. Describe the scene in which baboons are gathered at a palace.

8. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

9. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

10. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the character of William Tallis and the extent to which he is a surrogate or reflection of Huxley himself. Why is it important that he wrote the Ape and Essence screenplay? What is the significance of his gravestone, and the grave's location?

Essay Topic 2

Explain some of the Arch Vicar's views? These would include:

a) theory of world history

b) theory of divinity and Belial

c) theory of demon possession

d) why his church is a positive influence

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the steps involved in the Purification Ceremonies of Belial's Day. What is the goal of the Purification Ceremonies? What is the religious belief system behind the ceremonies?

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